Friday, August 26, 2011

Upcoming Library Programs for Adults

Here are some highlights of upcoming Pasco County Library Adult Programs:
  • September 1st at 2:00pm - Explore the Amazon - a travelogue by Janice Onuska - at Centennial Park Library
  • September 2nd at 2:00pm - An Introduction to Library E-books - at  South Holiday Library
  • September 3rd at 12:00pm - Beginning Spanish - at New River Library
  • September 6th at 6:30pm - Growing Bamboo - at Hudson Library
  • September 16th at 2:00pm - Facebook Basics at Regency Park Library
  • September 23rd at 2:00pm - Seniors Wii Yoga and Games - at Hugh Embry Library
  • September 24th at 11:00am - Sit -N-Knit - at South Holiday Library
Do you have a friend or family member who would like to learn how to use computers? New River Library provides beginning computer classes and one-on-one tutoring for Seniors in computer basics. You can call for more information at 813-788-6375.

The full calendar of adult events in September can be accessed here.  Click here for library branch addresses and phone numbers.

Friday, August 19, 2011

New Generic Drugs in 2011 and 2012

Generic drugs can save you money. What are considered generic drugs? According to the FDA:
"A generic drug is identical--or bioequivalent--to a brand name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use. Although generic drugs are chemically identical to their branded counterparts, they are typically sold at substantial discounts from the branded price."
Below are two lists* for drugs which are soon to become "generic" for the years 2011 and 2012.


Brand Name----Generic Name----Availability
Uroxatral------- alfuzosin--------------July
Tazorac---------tazarotene cream-----November


Brand Name----Generic Name----Availability
Entocort EC------budesonide------------February
Diovan HCT----hydrochlorothiazide----September

*these lists are provided by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit Independent Licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

Facts and Myths about Generic Drugs

Fact: 7 in 10 prescriptions in the United States are filled by generic drugs.

Myth: Brand name drugs are safer than generic drugs. Fact: FDA receives very few reports of adverse events about specific generic drugs. Most reports of adverse events are related to side effects of the drug ingredient itself.

To learn more facts and myths concerning generic drugs, please visit the FDA site.

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Report on American Grandparents

The MetLife Mature Market  Institute recently published a study about grandparents: "The MetLife Report on American Grandparents: New Insights for a New Generation of Grandparents".  The data for this study was gathered from the 2010 Census Bureau reports, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Surveys, and the Center for Disease Control.  

Highlights of this study include:
  •  Approximately one in ten households are headed by a grandparent, who has at least one grandchild living with them.
  • A majority of grandparents, (54%), are baby boomers, ages 45 to 64.
  • There were an estimated 65 million grandparents in the United States in 2010 and it is estimated that this number will climb to 80 million in 2020.
  • Grandparent spending on child-specific items (like infant formula and children's clothing) has increased 71% since 1999.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Friday, August 5, 2011

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.  The Administration on Aging has listed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended immunizations for Older Adults age 65 and older:
  • Seasonal Influenza
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) (for adults up to 64 years, one lifetime dose)
  • Shingles (for adults 60 years and older)
  • Pneumococcal disease (for adults 65 years and older and adults with specific health conditions)
The complete 2011 CDC recommended adult vaccination schedule can be found here.